Charity Meningitis Now is calling for those who have suffered from the viral form of the disease to ‘Make Viral Visible’ to help dispel myths and misconceptions that this form of the disease is not dangerous and always mild.
Expert opinion suggests up to 6,000 people each year across the UK suffer from viral meningitis, an infection that causes inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. The majority of cases happen during the warmer months.
Meningitis can be divided into two main types; viral and bacterial meningitis. We will discuss viral meningitis here.
Viral meningitis is an infection that causes inﬂammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. These membranes are called the meninges – they help protect the brain from injury and infection. Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial meningitis and although rarely life-threatening, it can make people very unwell. Most people make a very good recovery, but for some recovery can be slow and after-effects long lasting.
Many people who experience viral meningitis feel that they are dismissed as having the ‘milder’ form of meningitis. Very little is understood about the recovery and after-effects.
Early symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain, diarrhoea and fever with cold hands and feet.
Someone with meningitis can get a lot worse very quickly. Keep checking them and trust your instincts – get medical help immediately.
Do not wait for a rash. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately.